Health and Safety Specialist 

LOCATION: Watertown / New York (US-NY), United States | BRAND: New York Air Brake | REQUISITION ID: 5928 | JOB GRADE: 15  | ON-SITE/REMOTE: On-site 


Since 1890, New York Air Brake has been an innovative leader in the heavy-haul railroad industry. As a member company of Knorr-Bremse –the world’s leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles--New York Air Brake is recognized worldwide as a Center of Competence for heavy-haul freight railroad control systems. From multiple locations, we serve customers across the United States, Canada, and Mexico—reaching clear across the globe to South America, Africa, the Middle East, China, and Australia. Our talented, diverse, and dedicated teams develop innovative solutions to the challenges facing our customers. Join us in our next steps.



Supports management and project teams to ensure compliance with relevant HSE laws and regulations. Monitors and analyses changes in HSE legislation. Designs and implements respective internal guidelines for the company. Completes internal HSE inspection of units. Evaluates procedures. If required, ensures availability of HSE support for unit. Completes regulatory reporting. Attends external HSE audits and maintains contact to authorities. Designs and implements HSE trainings. In cases, completes thorough investigations of incidents and recommends improvement measures. May advice HSE support staff technically.


Essential Functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Develop, implement, and continuously improve Safety policies & procedures, driving toward best practices.
  • Plan, schedule and provide required Safety training, including new hire orientation.
  • Review and approve new or updated manufacturing processes, equipment, facilities, and other project work.
  • Investigate and respond to all Safety incidents, including root cause analysis, containment, corrective / preventive action, and reporting.
  • Plan, schedule and perform internal audits (e.g. compliance audits, hazard identification, etc…).
  • Coordinate, participate and respond to external audits (e.g. regulatory agencies, management system audits)
  • Track and follow up on Corrective / Preventive Actions generated from audits and incidents; ensuring completion and effectiveness.
  • Prepare, maintain, and test any plans necessary for emergency preparedness or regulatory compliance (e.g. emergency response guide).
  • Serve as emergency coordinator, including maintaining 24-hour emergency support personally or through scheduled backup.
  • Maintain all necessary Safety performance metrics, records and permits as required by internal processes, corporate needs, and local, state, or federal agencies (e.g incident / accident records, OSHA 300 log, safety data sheets).
  • Support Facilities department in their Safety-related activities (e.g. equipment inspection & maintenance, waste management, waste water pre-treatment plant, personnel safety).
  • Support Human Resources and HSE team on health-related programs; (e.g. worker's compensation, return-to-work, light duty, ergonomics, and new-hire screening).
  • Provide technical support, guidance, and periodic audits to other NYAB locations as needed.
  • Support product-related Safety activities as needed.
  • Must understand and support all Quality, Product Safety, and Health/Safety/Environmental/Energy policies.
  • Must understand and adhere to all relevant statutory or regulatory compliance obligations.
  • Must understand, support and adhere to the Integrated Management System policies, procedures and instructions.
  • Must understand and support relevant key performance indicators (KPIs), as defined in the goal tree.
  • Skills and Competencies
  • Has knowledge and experience in occupational safety and environmental regulations, programs, and requirements.
  • Has knowledge of manufacturing ergonomics.
  • Has a high level of problem-solving ability.
  • Has excellent organizational skills.
  • Strong analytical tools, Six sigma training preferred.
  • Has a strong initiative / self-starting skills, able to act with sense of urgency.
  • Customer Orientation - Is about demonstrating service and relationship-orientation toward internal and external customers, satisfying their needs and generating mutually satisfactory solutions.
  • Analytical Thinking - Refers to collecting, analyzing and structuring information using a wide perspective in order to identify key issues and patterns as well as to drawing conclusions.
  • Managing & Improving Processes - Describes the ability to plan, prioritize, monitor and improve work processes and allocate resources.
  • Teamwork - Means the ability to work with others and build a positive climate and trusting relationships within teams.
  • Influence & Inspire - Refers to the ability to convince others to embrace ideas, providing compelling arguments and making use of informal processes.
  • Communication Skills - Comprises the ability to speak, present, write, listen and distribute information effectively and create an environment for open communication.


Supervisory Responsibility
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


Work Environment
The employee will be required to perform duties on a computer terminal. The employee may be exposed to shop floor conditions, i.e. noise, heat, cold, dust/dirt etc.


Physical Demands
The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of an office work environment position.


Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Health and Safety or Related Field

2-5+ Years of Relevant Experience


Preferred Education and Experience
OSHA Training, OHST or Similar Certification, OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001 Knowledge

Six Sigma Training


Base Pay Range


The base pay range for this role is $80,560-$120,840 USD. The company reasonably expects to pay within that range, however, New York Air Brake considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, location, education/training, and key skills.

From Engineering to Test Laboratory; Manufacturing & Skilled Machine Operation to Sales and Marketing; Field Service to Customer Service; Quality to HR to Finance to Software Development, our team-based approach is built on inclusion, opportunity, development, social responsibility and rewards. You are afforded the chance to grow personally and professionally through challenging assignments, commitment to continuing education, exposure to a variety of projects, and international travel. Our benefits are cutting edge as we offer student loan repayment assistance, lucrative 401k program, company assisted stock purchase plan, tuition reimbursement, wellness program, onsite workout facilities & classes along with competitive salary and incentive compensation, generous paid time off programs and a full array of medical, dental and vision options. We’ve got the right stuff, do you? Let’s find out together.


Then join us! We look forward to receiving your online application!


New York Air Brake LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.



Nearest Major Market: Watertown